The American Dental Association, in collaboration with Crest and Oral-,B conducted a national public opinion survey on oral health care. The survey represented 1,000 Americans ages 18 and older, living in the continental United States. The survey focused on the following areas:
- The public’s perceptions of their oral health care, with a special focus on African Americans, Hispanics and lower-income Americans
- Americans’ knowledge of effective and essential oral health care habits
- Oral health habits among the nation’s youth
- The psychological benefits of a healthy smile
Key findings include:
- Eight out of ten Americans say taking care of one’s mouth, teeth and gums is “absolutely needed; however, only one-third of them say they do an “excellent” job taking care of them
- One out of four parents describe their children’s job of taking care of their oral health as fair” or “poor”
More than one in three Americans say:
- They think a little bleeding from brushing is normal (33%)
- They are unaware that periodontal disease needs to be treated and cannot be left alone (33%)
- They don’t know that poor oral health has been associated with serious health conditions such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes (37%)
The full report and related documents are available on the ADA site.
Links to resources for educating your patients on oral health conditions, treatment and prevention may be found here.